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Cosby files latest bid to question accuser before trial

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/20/2016

Bill Cosby returns to court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - 07 Jul 2016 Bill Cosby leaves court in Norristown, PA Cosby faces charges of aggravated Sexual Assault against Andrea Constand during an encounter in 2004 © ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images Bill Cosby returns to court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - 07 Jul 2016 Bill Cosby leaves court in Norristown, PA Cosby faces charges of aggravated Sexual Assault against Andrea Constand during an encounter in 2004 NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby is again fighting for the chance to question his accuser in court before his sexual-assault case goes to trial near Philadelphia.

Cosby's lawyers have filed their latest appeal on the issue of whether accuser Andrea Constand must testify at a preliminary hearing.

The current case law in Pennsylvania lets prosecutors use police statements to spare victims the ordeal of repeated court testimony.

But the state Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the issue. Cosby's lawyers say Constand should testify in case the law is reversed.

A Montgomery County judge has already upheld the charges and ordered the 79-year-old Cosby to stand trial.

He remains free on $1 million bail.

Cosby insists his sexual encounter with Constand in 2004 was consensual. She says she was drugged and assaulted.

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